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September 21 in History

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September 21 in History

1529

Turks under Suleiman I begin an unsuccessful siege of Vienna.

1746

French forces conquer Madras, India, after brief siege.

1792

The National Convention formally abolishes the monarchy in France and declares a republic the next day.

1802

Napoleon Bonaparte of France annexes Piedmont in Italy.

1894

French President Casimir Perier orders the establishment of the Conseil de Protectorat de l’Annam Tonkin in Viet Nam, then under French rule.

1898

Tzu-Hsi, dowager Empress of China, seizes power and revokes reforms.

1949

West Germany comes into existence as US, British and French occupation zones are transferred to German control; the People’s Republic of China is proclaimed under Chairman Mao Zedong.

1960

United Nations deploys 4,000 troops to Katanga to prevent the massacre of Baluba tribesmen by provincial troops and police in Congo.

1964

Malta becomes independent state within British Commonwealth.

1972

Ferdinand Marcos proclaims martial law in the Philippines and jails thousands of opponents. He stays in power till 1986.

1973

Viet Nam and Japan establish full diplomatic relations.

1976

The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam is recognised as a member of the World Bank (WB).

1985

Mexico counts at least 2,000 dead from earthquake that devastated four states.

1993

Russian President Boris Yeltsin dissolves Parliament. Hard-line lawmakers subsequently vote to impeach him and hole up in parliament building.

1995

Pakistan expels 13 Afghan diplomats in retaliation for a deadly attack on its embassy in Islamabad.

1996

In Bogota, Colombia, an anonymous tip leads to the discovery of nearly 4kg of heroin on the jet President Ernesto Samper was to fly to the United States. His government called it a set-up.

1998

The first trial against Croats accused of wartime atrocities against Serb rebels opens in Croatia. The three soldiers are later acquitted.

1999

Taiwan’s strongest quake in decades with a 7.6 magnitude, kills more than 2,300 people, injures 10,000 and destroys hundreds of homes.

2000

The Russian government says that it will freeze a deal to sell laser technology to Iran in light of US concerns that the laser technology would be used to develop nuclear weapons. — AP/VNS

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